• coronavirus in connecticut Nov 18

    Department of Correction Inmate Dies of COVID-19 Complications

    An inmate in the Department of Correction system has died of complications related to COVID-19, department officials said Wednesday. Officials said the 45-year-old man was transferred from Osborn Correctional Institution to the hospital on October 15. He died Wednesday. He is the first COVID-19 related death since May and the eighth since the pandemic began, according to the department’s COVID-19…

  • felony disenfranchisement Oct 29

    How Felony Disenfranchisement Affects Everyone—Not Just Former Felons

    In many states across the country, people with felony convictions are prohibited from voting, or only allowed to vote under certain conditions, even after they’ve served their sentence. Jay Jordan, who served time in prison as a young man and is currently the Director for Californians for Safety and Justice, explains how limiting their rights hurts more than just former...

  • prisons Oct 12

    How the Coronavirus is Exposing Deeper Problems in the American Prison System

    Since coronavirus entered the U.S., nearly 16,000 have fallen ill of COVID-19 and 134 have died. That number does not include people incarcerated in state prisons across the U.S. The Marshall Project’s criminal justice reporter Keri Blakinger explains why the general public should care about protecting people in prisons.

  • California Aug 29

    California's Prison Chief is Retiring Amid Virus, Protest Pressure

    California’s corrections secretary is retiring after two years in a job that Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said involved “unparalleled challenges” — most recently coronavirus outbreaks that swept state prisons and led to calls for new leadership amid increasing social pressure to ease mass incarceration. Ralph Diaz will retire Oct. 1 after 30 years with the California Department of Corrections…

  • prisons Jul 24

    US Prison Populations Down 8% Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

    There has been a major drop in the number of people behind bars in the U.S. An analysis by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press found that between March and June, more than 100,000 people were released from state and federal prisons.

  • prisons Jun 29

    DOC Releases Results of Mass Testing

    The Connecticut Department of Correction has released results of its COVID-19 mass testing efforts, revealing a positive test percentage of 9%. In May the DOC began testing as many of its prisoners and staff. Out of the 9,504 prisoners tested across the system, 832 were positive. Officials said all but two tested as part of the mass testing effort were…

  • prisons Jun 9

    Connecticut Inmate Speaks Out On Coronavirus in Prison

    “What they’re doing is ridiculous, illogical, and arbitrary.” Inmate Michael Liebowitz leveled that criticism toward the Connecticut Department of Correction’s response to the novel coronavirus. He called NBC Connecticut Investigates after watching our series of stories on an exclusive survey of 300 plus correction officers on how the DOC has handled the pandemic. So far seven inmates have died...

  • prisons Jun 9

    Inmate Details Prison Conditions During Pandemic

    Inmate Michael Liebowitz reached out after our NBC CT Investigates stories on how the Connecticut Department of Correction has handled the coronavirus outbreak

  • Department of Correction May 27

    Seventh Conn. Inmate Dies From Covid-19

    A 60-year-old male is the seventh inmate to pass away from COVID-19 related complications under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Correction.  “The deceased individual was transferred from the Osborn Correctional Institution to the UConn Health Center for treatment on April 30, 2020,” said a DOC spokesperson. “He succumbed to his illness on Tuesday.” He last entered the Connecticut correctional…

  • prisons May 22

    ‘6 Feet Apart is Not a Thing in Our Prison.' Correction Officers Share Takes on Coronavirus Precautions

    Questions remain about how well coronavirus can be contained in our state prisons.  A week ago, the Connecticut Department of Correction announced more than 100 prisoners tested in one of its facilities tested positive for the virus.  System-wide, there have been six coronavirus-related inmate deaths. It has begged the question, is the Connecticut Department of Correction taking enough steps...

  • prisons May 22

    Correction Officers Detail Concerns Over Coronavirus

    More than 300 corrections officers answered our exclusive survey about their concerns over coronavirus and its risks.

  • prison May 21

    Coronavirus Spread, Lack of PPE Still Concern Correction Officers

    The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the state prison system. In one facility so far, a third of the inmates tested positive for coronavirus, but were asymptomatic, as the Department of Correction starts widespread testing.  At least 369 staff members, agency-wide, have also tested positive.  The agency said more than 300 of those have returned to work. NBC…

  • prisons May 21

    Coronavirus Spread, Lack of PPE Still Concern Correction Officers

    NBC Connecticut Investigates is sharing some results from an exclusive survey.

  • prisons May 15

    Osborn Correctional on Lockdown After 105 Asymptomatic Offenders Test Positive for COVID-19

    Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers is on lockdown after 105 asymptomatic prisoners tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Correction announced Friday. The Department of Correction began testing all staff and offenders on May 13, starting at Osborn. After testing 617 prisoners, they’ve received results from 339 tests, 105 of which were positive. Some prisoners opted out of being tested….

  • prisons May 8

    Crime Doesn't Pay But Prison Does, Even During a Pandemic

    As the coronavirus pandemic decimates many companies, big business that has become synonymous with the world’s largest prison system continues to make money

  • prisons May 5

    Sixth Connecticut Prisoner Dies of COVID-19: Department of Correction

    A 74-year-old man in the Connecticut Department of Correction system has died from complications due to the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday. Officials said the man was a prisoner at Osborn Correctional Institution. He was taken to a hospital for treatment on April 23, and died Tuesday. The man was serving a 13-year sentence for first-degree sexual assault with a victim…

  • prisons May 5

    2 CT Prisoners Die Due to COVID-19 on Same Day

    Two Department of Correction prisoners died Monday due to complications from COVID-19, the department confirmed. These mark the fourth and fifth deaths of prisoners in the state system. The first was a 60-year-old man who was receiving treatment at UConn Health Center after testing positive for the virus, officials said. He was taken to the hospital on April 20 and…

  • prisons Apr 15

    Coronavirus Concerns Persist in CT Prisons

    Calls have continued for the Connecticut Department of Correction to release lower-risk inmates early because of the threat posed by coronavirus.   On April 12 the agency announced its first inmate death connected to the pandemic. DOC data has shown an exponential increase in confirmed coronavirus cases inside Connecticut prisons. !function(){“use strict”;window.addEventListener(“message”,function(a){if(void 0!==a.data[“datawrapper-height”])for(var e in a.data[“datawrapper-height”]){var t=document.getElementById(“datawrapper-chart-“+e)||document.querySelector(“iframe[src*=’”+e+”‘]”);t&&(t.style.height=a.data[“datawrapper-height”][e]+”px”)}})}(); It’s one...

  • prisons Apr 14

    Concerns Raised Over Inmates Health in CT Prisons

    Prisoner advocates are raising concerns over the state’s corrections systems preparedness to handle the pandemic.

  • prisons Apr 14

    45 Recovered COVID-19 Patients Returned to Prison Populations; 4 Staffers Return to Work

    Forty-five inmates who were being housed at the Northern Correctional Institution have been medically cleared to leave isolation, the Department of Correction announced Tuesday. Four staff members who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have also been cleared to return to work. DOC officials said the 45 offenders were in the medical isolation unit during their recovery and that healthcare staff monitored…

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